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    10-25-2012, 10:59 PM
Ink Drawing in Progress (;

long time no see C:

So, when I was browsing through my latest issue of Horse Illustrated, I found this breathtaking, poster-size photo of Charlotte DuJardin in the 2012 London Olympics on Valegro preforming a beautiful extended trot. I knew I had to draw it. Later, the time rolled around in the high school freshman art class to ink drawings with a bottle of liquid ink and a dip pen. He wanted us all to find a photo of something we might want to draw, and I happened to have my magazine with me, so I tore the poster out and I drew it. I've been working on it for a couple weeks now, and I would really like some critiques/tips on how I can make it better before I actually put messy, globby, black ink that I have never had the wonderful experience of using before on it. It's not very neat now anyway, but it's just a rough draft.

Obviously, it has a way to go, the head needs more detail, my scanner chopped the person's head off. The actual, final drawing will be 12x18". It will have a mane, I was thinking of leaving it loose, rather than braided like the picture. I might raise the front leg higher, I dunno just yet. The right hind hoof needs some work, the saddle could use more detail, and the lady needs some smoothing out. Any other tips?

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    10-25-2012, 11:04 PM
The saddle/pad is not sitting on the back. That's the only issue I see :)
    10-26-2012, 12:32 AM
Green Broke
I didn't even notice the saddle pad haha, I think it looks wonderful! Especially for ink! My only thing that I caught was the woman's lower leg looks a little off. Maybe her ankle? Other then that it looks great to me
    10-31-2012, 02:03 PM
Thanks a bunch! After looking, that's not the same photo as I used for reference, I used the poster photo of Charolette and Valegro from the November 2012 issue of Horse Illustrated. I haven't found it on the internet anywhere. If you look at the photo, the saddle pad does actually come off the withers like that. EDIT: This is the biggest version I could find;

Has anyone ever used that liquid ink and a dip pen? What would be the best technique to use on it?
    11-02-2012, 11:45 PM
Green Broke
Can't wait to see progress pics!
    11-03-2012, 12:32 AM
Green Broke
Fix the shoulder angle, if he were to put his leg back down he'd have a straight up and down shoulder:P

Something with his (horse) elbow looks off..round off his stifle, it's a little pointy.

Looks good though!!:)
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    11-03-2012, 12:33 AM
Green Broke
Also..try to draw the seat of the saddle closer to the line of the back of the horse, very little gap. If you look, it's like the horse you drew has 6" back pad on. Getting rider and saddle to look right on a horse when drawing is pretty difficult, and I think that might help:)
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    11-03-2012, 10:07 AM
Green Broke
Did anyone look at her reference picture in the link? The horse is pretty pointy, the saddle and pad are up and the shoulder is pretty straight. Not saying it wouldn't look a smidge better if fixed, but it does look like the reference photo.
    11-06-2012, 09:27 PM
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    11-08-2012, 11:12 PM
Finished! Inked all of it in one night! Very tedious and frustrating, but I got it done, just in time, because it's due tomorrow morning.

Scanning the ink one now...

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